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NovaPro Flow

The newly released NovaPro Flow has superior performance due to the incorporation of calcium phosphate nanofibers in conjunction with nanoparticle technology, according to Nanova Biomaterials. Most flowable composites on the market use nanoparticles to improve only polishability, while maintaining strength. Nano-hybrid technology is best described as having a box of basketballs, tennis balls and golf balls to achieve a higher fill percentage. NovaPro Flow is the first and only composite to add the patented nanofiber technology to the current nano-hybrid composite, significantly improving the mechanical performance, according to the company.

Nanova Biomaterials Inc., established in 2007 and based in Columbia, Mo., developed and manufactures this revolutionary nanofiber technology used in the flowable composite. According to the company, these innovative fibers significantly improved the currently available composite. Simply described, nanofibers are fibers that are less than 100 nanometers in diameter, which is approximately 1,000 times smaller than a human hair. This small size gives the fibers their strength by reducing the possibility of defects in a cross-section. In addition, fibers reinforce composites by adding to the tensile, bending and shear strength of the composite. By utilizing nanofibers with nanoparticles, the material is reinforced, similar to rebar in concrete, providing a stronger, longer-lasting composite with very low shrinkage stress. NovaPro Flow was designed to have optimal handling and finishing properties, and it doesn’t require any special polishing tools to perfect the desired finish and look expected from a flowable.

NovaProTM flow is FDA cleared for all Classes (I, II, III, IV, and V) of restoration. Other cleared uses include:

  • Base/liner for Class I or II
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Pit and fissure sealants
  • Direct or indirect restorations

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